Sunday, February 28, 2010

Puny Mahlon

This is Cedar Pond's Mahlon just prior to being sheared, so- named because this line of my Jacob Sheep are all named from the Book of Ruth in the Bible...and because the name that fit her is the name of Ruth's first husband ~ Mahlon, which means 'puny'. I will call her Mally for short , no pun intended!

Does anyone else have a Jacob Sheep this tiny? Mally is a yearling ewe lamb and she is no more than 25 pounds...maybe even less. The newborn lambs stand as tall as her. She also has 6 horns, 3 on each side of her head. They are fusing to look like 2 very short fat horns, but for most of last year they were 6 very distinct horns. ( Hey, maybe all her growth went into producing horns!)

We had Mally sheared last weekend and she is not underweight for her size. Definitely not malnourished. She has been wormed and had her shots. She does not lack for all the alfalfa she can eat, which is plenty.She is perfectly healthy and active in every way. In other words, she is not stunted for lack of proper care. She is just very tiny. Her mother is small, but nowhere near this tiny. Her Grandmother, Cedar Pond's Naomi is pictured elsewhere on this blog and is one of my larger ewes...never , ever tiny. Mally's father is Cedar Pond's Goth, and he is not small either. So I ask again, are there any Jacob Sheep owners out there who have a teeny tiny sheep every so often?

More About Mally~

This is Cedar Pond's Mahlon, or Mally, pictured shortly after her birth last spring 2009. As you can see, she is a normal sized lamb. Her mother, Cedar Pond's Ruth is short and stocky and probably does not weigh over 50 pounds. Mally's mother has 4 horns, but her horns have fused so it looks like she has 2 fat horns .
Here is a side shot of Ruth and her daughter Mally.
Mally' pretty cute, I think.
Mother and daughter are still attached to each other, even though at this writing Ruth is due to lamb any day now.
So you can see from the pictures that Mally started her life as a normal little Jacob sheep lamb who at this writing just hasn't grown much. Are there any of you Jacob Sheep owners with a normal, healthy, but very small sheep? Please let me know, I am interested!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spots Of Distraction~

I am not the only one distracted by the little bouncing spots! This group of Jacob lambs surrounded a ewe ( you can't see the other 3 ) and they were running around her, one bounced off her. They bounded under her and in her way. Fortunately she is the mother of 2 of the 6 in the lamb gang so she knows to be patient, but really, aren't they just too cute and distracting?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Children Of Goth

Cedar Pond's Goth's harem this year consisted of only 4 ewes and they all lambed within 6 days of each other! This was an easy lambing time, all 4 ewes gave birth quickly and without any problems. The lambs were on their feet and nursing quickly. What more could a shepherdess want?

The first lambs were twins born to Cedar Pond's Naomi on February 4~ a ram lamb & a ewe lamb. I have named them Orpah and Obed. ( above )
Delilah, my half Jacob, half Romney gal gave birth to a lovely little ewe lamb February 6. I named her Dinah. ( above )
Bide-A-wee Buttercup presented me with a huge and healthy ram lamb February 8 and I have named him Basil. ( above)
The last of Goth's children to be born were a set of twins to Bide-a-wee Chicory. They were born February 9 and I have named the ram lamb Chervil and the ewe Coriander.

I think Goth sired some very nice lambs this year!

Lambs are some of my favorite animals to watch and I spend as much time as possible enjoying watching them in the short space of time they are young. Are you taking the time to enjoy the many taken for granted blessings you already have in your life today?